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Old February 14th, 2015, 02:39 PM   #1
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Polymer Coated bullets

Does any one have any experience reloading with polymer coated cast bullets?
If so, what is your opinion?
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Old February 14th, 2015, 03:27 PM   #2
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Does any one have any experience reloading with polymer coated cast bullets?
If so, what is your opinion?
Yes, love them. I shoot bullets from SNS casting. I load them in 45, 9, and 38. Mid to higher end loads.

They are much cheaper than jacketed and do not make a mess of your dies from the lube like cast. I no longer buy non polymer lead.

Clean shooting as well.

They do have a distinct smell to them when fired.

I have not loaded them to real high velocities from my 357 or 44.
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Old February 23rd, 2015, 10:49 AM   #3
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I have also used SNS coated bullets in 327 Fed Mag (mid range loads), 9mm, 357 Mag (mid range loads), 40 S&W, and 45 ACP with good results in all. As Stated above they are much cleaner to work with and they dont leave your dies all plugged up with lube.
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Old February 23rd, 2015, 11:52 AM   #4
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Cast bullets work well, but are dirty, and the lube makes them smoky, coated bullets don't have those disadvantages.

Found a video test of their coated bullets, he shoots cast lead bullets then the coated bullets, there is a very noticeable difference in how much smoke was being generated.

To see the difference in the smoke skip to the 3:00 minute mark
http://youtu.be/lzYQTwZqLs4

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Old February 23rd, 2015, 03:18 PM   #5
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Do you load them like a jacketed or like a lead bullet? I have thought about giving them a try, have not picked any up yet.
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Old February 23rd, 2015, 03:45 PM   #6
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Not sure about SNS, consult their website for details, but most manufacturers recommend loading like lead bullets.

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Old February 24th, 2015, 11:06 AM   #7
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I use lead data when it is available, most manufactures of Coated bullets recommend using lead data. however, when it is not available I have used jacketed starting load data with good results.
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Old February 24th, 2015, 02:42 PM   #8
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I just ordered 500 158 gr.swc from The Blue Bullet Co. and 500 115 gr zombie green 9mm from Eggleston Munitions.
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Old February 24th, 2015, 03:05 PM   #9
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It looks like a lot of companies are jumping on the coated bullets bandwagon, I have bought quite a few cast lead bullets from Missouri Bullet in the past, I noticed they have coated bullets as well now. Just out of curiosity I checked one bullet and the prices were essentially the same between Blue Bullet and Missouri Bullets, that was only one bullet so not a comprehensive comparison.

Missouri Bullet Company

The Blue Bullets

Another one I've bought lately are the plated bullets from Xtreme Bullets, they have daily specials so the bullets I'm buying come up fairly often and the daily specials are pretty good deals.

X-Treme BULLETS
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Precision Bullets' coated bullets do everything I could ask of a coated bullet. I am still more of a plain cast bullet shooter as I don't notice smoke and like the fact that they are cheaper.
Precision's bullets are swaged, so they have very consistent weight and dimensions and no air pockets. All the rest I have seen are just cast bullets with coating.
ALL coated bullets are nothing more or less than lead bullets, so they use the same load data.
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I started running Bayou Bullets from Donnie Miculek (Jerry's brother) last October as my blood lead was over 25 from 10 years of shooting Bear Creek Moly 9mm. Tested again 2 weeks ago and it is down to 8. I had sampled other coated bullets: Black Bullets Intl, Redline and Black and Blue. The Bayous have a much thinner coating, very little smell, and clean up is just a couple pulls of the boresnake. The HiTek coating is made in Australia and has been around in IPSC competition for over 12 years. Some guys are even running them in Open guns. My load is a 124 TC over 4 grains of TiteGroup at 1.125" OAL.
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Old February 26th, 2015, 06:33 AM   #12
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All of the above endorsements are nice to see. Based on an article in Dillon's "Blue Press" and some other searching, I ordered 3000 125 gr 38 Special FPRN from SNS. Their prices were very good and the flat rate $15 shipping for all packages under 70 pounds is a real bonus

Haven't tried them yet but they have to be cleaner than the cast lead DEWCs I was shooting. The smoke and dirt from the plain cast bullets (mostly from the lube) was annoying while shooting and made the guns a mess to clean.
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I've been using BBI bullets for the last few months. 124 gr under 3.8 TG with great results. Just be sure to expand the case mouth enough to prevent cutting into the coating while seating the bullet, and use a very light crimp. So far, no leading issues and little to no smoke signature. Accuracy is very acceptable out of my M&P Pro 9. The reduced cost of coated bullets vs FMJ makes it definitely worth giving them a try.
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Is a belled case mouth a "must do" with polymer bullets. I only have a couple thousand jacketed 200 grainers left and Lucky 13 is only a few miles from me, maybe I will pick up some of his green stuff and give them a try. First I guess I'll be shopping for a universal expanding die?
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Yes, you really should bell the case mouth. If any of the polymer gets scraped off, you now have bare lead without lube rubbing against your barrel. If the bullet has to get squeezed hard into the case, the polymer coating will still stick to the lead and in most cases you are still good to go. A good test would be to see how little belling you can do to prevent shaving yet still keep the coating on the bullet. All you need to do is to make up some dummy rounds and pull the bullets.

I now powder coat all my cast bullets for my M&P40/9 and really appreciate the convenience of no more lube, easy push through sizing, no more Alox and a simple pass with a bore snake or a patch with Hoppe's #9 for cleanup.

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